Viewer discretion advised. What you are looking at is Britain’s ‘perfect’ car and it’s fair to say it fell out of the ugly tree and hit every branch on the way down. And then climbed back up for another go.
The four-wheeled equivalent of Frankenstein’s monster was created after psychology professor Peter Hancock of the University of Stirling in Scotland decided to ask 2,000 Brits their opinions on cars.
Questions included: ‘What is your favourite car?’ ‘Which element of the car do you find most alluring?’ 3,800 data points later and the professor had everything he needed to craft the ultimate machine – badly and using Microsoft Paint, from what it looks like.
Okay, so the sum of its parts in this case is way less than each individual car, but the professor presumably thought it would be more entertaining (and infinitely more likely to be covered by media outlets such as ourselves) to stitch it all together.
Petrolheads will probably have spotted a few obvious design elements such as the round headlights of a Mini Cooper and the front end of an Aston Martin DB9.
The really keen-eyed should pat themselves on the back if they recognised the roof and windows of a Lamborghini Gallardo, the doors mirrors of a Citroen C4 Picasso and the rear end of a Triumph Spitfire.
This is actually the second time we have seen a car survey take visual form. In 2014 there was the ‘Frankencar‘, which was comprised the least reliable elements of cars such as the axle and suspension of an Audi RS6.
Should someone build it? Hell no. Is it the ugliest car ever? Not even close.